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International Students.

International Students who stay and work in the UK for a decade after graduation contribute £3.2bn in extra tax revenues, research has revealed.

The first major report into the boost overseas students give the economy found non-UK graduates do not take jobs from local residents, because they largely obtain work in highly qualified areas such as economics or science, or in sectors that suffer acute shortages, such as teaching and nursing.

The study by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) and the consultancy London Economics found that in the 10 years after graduation, the EU and overseas students who remain from a single year’s cohort will pay an estimated £3.2bn in income tax, VAT, national insurance and other revenues to the exchequer.

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Is truancy a key reason for knife crime?

Truancy, not exclusion, is a key reason for rising knife crime, says the Education Secretary, as he admitted efforts to reduce the number of pupils’ persistently absent from school have stalled.

Damian Hinds challenged those such as London mayor Sadiq Khan who have claimed the rise in exclusions is behind the surge in knife attacks, saying the reality was more complex.

“A much bigger concern is the number of young people who are ‘persistently absent’ from school,” said Mr Hinds, citing research that showed four-fifths of young knife crime offenders had regularly truanted in one of the five years prior to the offence.

Around one in 10 children are persistently absent while overall unauthorised...

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Cuts to Sure Start Centres.

Spending on Sure Start centres across England has been slashed by nearly a quarter in four years, figures show, as thousands of vulnerable children and families are left to “fend for themselves”.

A new analysis of government data shows councils spent £480m on children’s centres in 2017-18 – almost 25 per cent less than the £637m spent in 2014-15.

 

 

The Local Government Association (LGA) said the cuts to early help services were the result of an increase in spending on children in care, with the number of looked-after children in England at its highest level since the 1980s

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Oxford teenager: 'I live in fear of knives'

Oxford teenager: 'I live in fear of knives'

Two teenagers have spoken of living in fear of knives.

The girls, from Blackbird Leys in Oxford, are all too aware how deadly weapons can be.

Afraid to walk alone in alleyways, they know how "something so simple like a knife can ruin a whole family".

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Term time holiday fines.

The number of fines issued to parents in England for taking children on term time holidays has almost doubled in a year, statistics show.

Penalty notices rose by 93% to almost 223,000 in 2017-18.

Jon Platt, a father who lost a Supreme Court battle against a fine, said he felt "partly responsible" for the rise.

"Unauthorised family holiday absence" was the most common reason for attendance fines, the Department for Education (DfE) said.


Hope for excluded children?

This summer, when she leaves school, Leah wants to become an art therapist. Her classmate Holly wants to do something with psychology, and for Sam it’s an apprenticeship with the police. None of this would be unusual except that Sam (not his real name), a chatty and engaging 16-year-old, used to spend his days at school in isolation and his evenings “getting into trouble” around town with his mates. He thought he had irrevocably screwed up his life, and was resigned to having blown it. Fortunately for Sam, he found somewhere prepared to give him not just a second chance but a third and a fourth and a fifth. Whatever happened yesterday, tomorrow is always a new day.

All three teenagers attend Restormel academy, in the Cornish town of St Austell. It’s one of a group of alternative provision schools belonging to the Wave multi-academy trust, catering for children permanently excluded from mainstream secondary schools plus others who haven’t been expelled but may be on the verge, who come in for specialist interventions. The young people I meet are friendly, articulate and sick of a national debate raging over their heads that draws sometimes crude connections between exclusion, knife crime and feral behaviour.

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Student loan black hole.

The Chancellor faces losing £11.6billion from his financial war chest because of new rules over how student loans are accounted for.

Student debt will be included in Treasury expenditure for the first time later this year, to reflect the fact that much of it will never be paid back.

The change poses a major headache for Philip Hammond.

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More mental health support needed at University of East Anglia.

A petition calling for more mental health support at a university where four students died has been signed by almost 5,000 people.

Four students at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have died since May.

Isabelle Keltie, who was involved in setting up the petition, said more help was "desperately needed".

The Norwich-based university said on Wednesday it would invest an extra £250,000 in support services, a day after a student was found dead.

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Teenagers in care live alone.

Thousands of teenagers in council care are living in B&Bs, flats and even tents and caravans - with no live-in adult supervision, a report reveals.

In 2018, 3,090 looked-after children were living independently, government data published in the Children's Rights Alliance for England report shows.

And local authority data shows at least 1,173 spent more than six months living in this way, 19 of these were 14 or 15.

Children's services bosses predict a £3.1bn funding shortfall by 2025.

The children in question are in the care of local authorities because something has gone wrong in their birth family.

    

They are being cared for in what is known as independent accommodation, rather than children's homes or foster care.

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Knife crime: I'm living on the edge, says student.

Three young, black men under the age of 25.

They fit the basic profile of those most likely to be victims of knife crime.

Speaking in simple statistical terms, they are also most likely to be prosecuted for knife crime.

Aged 17 to 19, these young men are hard-working college students who also love basketball.

All studying at Newham Sixth Form College, where students have organised a knife-crime awareness day, they have each been affected by knife crime or the threat of it in some way.

    

Clyde, 19, had a friend who was killed in a stabbing outside the McDonald's where he works nights.

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